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There is always a lot of conflicting information in the world.
Be that from points of view based on experience, or substantial evidence that goes against a persons long held beliefs.
Now there isn’t much I can teach people about mindset, not really.
Most know as much as they will ever need to know.
It doesn’t matter if they are correct in their assumption or not, as far as they care, they know enough and that’s cool.
We are not really hear to tell people what should or shouldn’t be done, if we did it takes away their responsibility or at least their need to claim responsibility for their own choice.
It’s easy to say “I did X because Y told me to.”.
This is something we do from a young age because we are conditioned to follow orders, yet ironically not he other side of the coin we are told to think, act, feel and do four ourselves, so long as it fits in with everyone else’s & the larger agenda.
Much conundrum there is.
Be kind, but not too kind you become a door mat.
Be strong, but not too strong you become cold.
Be confident, but not too confident.
The list goes on.
I’d like you to sit and just think about yourself for a second.
What do you want?
Honestly, just you, clear your mind of all the initial thoughts because the chances they are not your thoughts is very high, they are conditioned ideas & responses, they’re not your responses.
Freedom of thought, such a scary thing when you’re used to being told how to think for so long.
So I will ask again, what do YOU want?
I don’t just mean fitness related by the way.
Take some time out, away from the world and all it’s technology and just sit quietly, don’t dwell on thoughts that come in, let them come and go, eventually you will start to hear your own thoughts and not everyone else’s.
If 2017 didn’t go the way you’d hoped, don’t worry, 2018 won’t be that different.
We are creatures of habit, unfortunately.
Some may even call us lazy.
Think about it for a second, there are plenty of less than optimal things people willingly choose to continue doing each day (for what ever reason), things such as smoking, drinking, drugs, binge eating, crossing the road without looking, telling their significant other they’re wrong, the list of things people do that are hazardous to their heath just goes on and on, yet the repeat their patters everyday.
Do you repeat yours?
If you do, this shouldn’t be a cause for concern, is should just be acceptance that you have a choice to make and you’re making it.
Now except for truly extenuating circumstances, most of the things that happen to us are of consequence related to our choices, be those immediate or delayed.
Take eating terribly for example.
This is something people do willingly because the risk-reward is worthy it currently. Give it perhaps 10 years and they may find they’ve pilled on 5+ stone, this might be enough for some to decide that they’ve not made the best choices in life and start to implement small yet sustainable habit/lifestyle changes to lead a more fulfilling life.
On the other hand some will go the other way and fall in to the group that say “Sod it, no point in changing now.’. This may eventually result in a medical issue – heart problem, diabetes etc – however it’s something they’re willing to have happen and thankfully because of the great advancements in medical care it can be managed and their poor quality of life sustained.
Could you imagine if medical help was only give to those who lead a mostly optimal life in terms of their lifestyle habits?
What a change that would be.
Sweet treats would be just that, treats had on rare occasions, not a staple ‘food’ of daily life. Then there would be the amount people smoke, geez that could even be a relic of a forgotten past.
Sadly though this will never happen and as such is moot point at best.
That said, I want you to give it some thought. Think about what you’re doing to yourself, supposing that you were not born with or unfortunately become afflicted by a serious medical condition and had the ability to leads a healthy, active life and just thought you’d rather slop around, get fat, become increasingly more unhealthy and slowly destroy yourself one day at a time.
Okay, that is quite harsh, however it’s true for many people.
Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to work with people who through no choice of their own have had a very hard life, rife will illness, poor health and much more, yet they make the best choices they can to get the best out of their life and optimise what little healthy they have. Then there’s you, smashing 2 bottles of cola a day while finishing of a pac of 20 super-kings over a nice Dominos.
Remember you don’t have to change your life, you don’t have to value your health, you don’t even have to care what others think about you and how you live your life, what I would urge though is to think about those who didn’t get the healthy start you did and the fact that you’re choosing sickness over wellness.
Go on, think about it long and hard.
Many don’t value their heath until it’s gone, please don’t be one of them.
“If you can’t work hard enough in 2 sessions, why do you feel you can do better with 6?”
^^ That made me think.
In a world where more is seen as better, and in certain circumstances it is 100% true, however that might not be the case for your training in the gym.
Recently the writings of one Marty Gallagher have found their way in to my library once again.
He speaks a very similar message to that of Brooks Kubik, Kirk Karwoski, Ed Coan and many other strong individuals who each champion not only focus, tracking your numbers to ensure increasing volume, but also putting in a solid effort in your main training sessions, then taking your foot of the gas when you have deload weeks.
It’s easy to get caught running through the motions when it comes to lifting weights.
This is in fact very easy, so much so that many of us may have even been in this place for years unknowingly.
A scary thought.
One good way to know if you’re there is to ask yourself this simple question – When was the last time you made progress?
That progress could be in the form of better form, more weight on the bar, an aesthetic goal, it doesn’t matter, what is important is when did you last make progress, real progress.
As fitness enthusiasts we often get caught between the proverbial rock and hard place, unable to escape it, often for fear of losing what we have, if we’re not doing what we’re doing.
Surely you could get better results only doing 2-3 sessions per week, you’d be silly to keep doing 6+, right?
However many will not change their ways, they can’t, it’s too hard and the fear of loss kicks in. I’ve been there, it’s a terrible pace to be.
If we are to look back at some of the strongest people over they years they seemed to train at most, 4 days per week.
In this time they hit each muscle group twice (due to exercise cross over).
Now as mentioned above and in the writings of old, 2-3 sessions per week was more than enough to make solid progress on, especially at the level most of us are at (not world champion lifters).
So why do more for the sake of it?
Ask yourself these questions:
– Am I making progress?
– When was my last PB?
– Do I need to do more, really?
– Is my recovery 100%?
– Are each of my sessions focused?
– Could I be doing too much?
Just some food for thought.
If you fancy a good read give the Purposeful Primitive some of your time, you won’t regret it.
New Years Eve…
Time to wave goodbye to 2017 in style.
Well, more like a blurry mess of alcohol fuelled rage.
Then it’s 2018 and all those goals that didn’t get achieved can be forgotten and new ones can be written down.
A little tip for your resolutions –
Write them out by hand in 300 words or less.
This will take less than 5minutes to do and hopefully give you some accountability.
In this 300 words you want the following:
– What the goal is
– Why you want to achieve it (feeling/emotion)
– The good behaviour you need to achieve the goal
– How you will make lifestyle changes to achieve the goal
– Which methods you will use to track your progress
– Time targets
Once you’ve done this print 3 copies.
One to be placed somewhere at home you will see it everyday.
One to be given to someone your trust to help you stay accountable.
One to be kept on your person at all times so you can give yourself a reminder of why you’re making a change.
By doing this little task you will give yourself some more accountability.
The funny thing about goals that people never tell you is that for them to actually stick, they have to give you an insurmountable amount of pleasure that can’t be drowned out by the pain of change.
Yep, people fear change because it’s painful.
All that aside, it’s in your hands now, it’s your play, try not to make it a tragedy.
Happy New Year 🙂